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Lawmakers pitch baseball as the 'official' state sport

ALBANY – New York State's "official” list is getting longer, but that’s not stopping two lawmakers who now want to add baseball as the official state sport.

Legislation introduced Wednesday in the Assembly mirrors a bill put in the Senate in February to make make baseball the officially designated sport for all of New York.

Settling on the side of baseball over other sports are Assemblyman William Magee, a Democrat, and Sen. James Seward, a Republican. Though from different parties, they both represent Cooperstown, the much-touted and much-contested birthplace of baseball.

“New York State has so many connections with the sport of baseball, most notably housing the official Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown,’’ the lawmakers say in a memo accompanying their legislation.

The memo even expresses a bit of jealousy. There is, the lawmakers note, already an official state tree (sugar maple for those who don’t know), freshwater fish (brook trout), shell (bay scallop), insect (ladybug) and muffin (apple).

“However, there is currently no mention of any official state sport,’’ the memo states.

The lawmakers bill came on a suggestion made by a fourth grade class in Cooperstown.

As a historical footnote, it was a fourth grade class from a school in Genesee County that a few years ago successfully pushed to make yogurt the official “snack” of New York State.

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